13 years in the making, planning for a new library in Calgary’s downtown began in 2004.
In 2013 February, Calgary city council approved the site in East Village along with a $245 million budget, and assigned Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) as the developer.
Construction of the LRT encapsulation started 2014 September, was completed in 2015 September, immediately followed by construction on the main building.
The 5-level library is slated to open late 2018. A city audit will be conducted in July to September 2017 to assess the operational readiness of the facility.
Landscaping is the next project underway for the Calgary Central Library, with a timeline running from June 2017 to July 2018.
Fixtures, furniture & equipment will be on the docket in April 2018.
Timeline of construction photos